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  • Summary: FORMULA ONE Chamionship Edition roars onto PS3 with all the official drivers, cars, circuits, rules and teams, including SCUDERIA TORRO ROSSO, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM and MIDLAND F1 RACING in their debut year. Next Generation Experience – High definition visuals, full surround sound, extensive circuit details and lighting effects, progressive dirt and car damage make for a realistic racing experience. Feel the buzz of the paddock and the excitement of race day with authentic pre-race car preparations. Warm up your tyres and get ready for the race with the parade lap. Experience the real pressure of a GRAND PRIX race thanks to unexpected collisions and race incidents. Introduction of the Safety Car – Choose the correct race strategy when the safety car is out: will you make an early pit stop to avoid being stuck in the traffic? Interconnectivity with PSP – Widen your playing field with interconnectivity applications with PSP. [Sony] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. 100
    Clearly, the power of the PS3 has been successfully harnessed because the game's speedy gameplay does not come with any sacrifice to graphical quality. The cars, environments, and race tracks all look close to photorealistic.
  2. Don't look for it to shatter any sales records here in the U.S., but if you're looking for a technical racer that requires attention to be placed on tire wear, rather than the unlocking of vinyl decals, you will be in for a real treat.
  3. This is one pure racing experience that will test your skill while dragging you deep into the detail and testing world of Formula One racing.
  4. Formula One Championship Edition provides a good balance of arcade and simulation gameplay.
  5. It’s great to see Formula 1 come back to the North American gaming scene, and Championship Edition is a very solid entry. But it’s a bit disappointing that, outside of the shiny new PS3 graphics, F1 still has all of the same problems we were seeing in these games years ago.
  6. 72
    Whilst playing it on the hardest difficulty seems pointless to anyone but the most hardened of fans, the game has seen a significant hike in quality and fun since the last one. It's just the balance of the difficulty that isn't quite right. [Issue #150, p.76]
  7. As far as either an authentic simulation or a fun re-imagining goes, it’s like some strange negative of the emperor’s new clothes; the pretty wrapping is there but the body is not. [Mar 2007, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 21, 2013
    I don't get why certain reviews rate a game low even though It's a masterpiece. The last time I played an F1 game is on my PS1. I got the game when I bought my PS3 years ago. The graphics are amazing, the driving is very enjoyable. It really isn't as hard as most people say it is, even without braking, steering or visual aid. To me, It had tons of replay value. I always set myself a challenge to wreck every other driver without damaging mine too much in quick race. You also unlock old formula 1 cars by playing the Career Mode. The game to me did not have a single flaw.

    Will we ever again see a game as good as this? Maybe. Just hope that in Next Gen developers don't cater every game to casuals and cry babies.
  2. Oct 23, 2013
    This is by far the best racing game I have ever played. It is a vast improvement over its predecessors (F1 05, F1 06, etc), with improved graphics and more realistic driving. I'm not the best at it (I have only finished three out of ten races so far in Career Mode for Super Aguri), but I'm slowly learning my potential on it, and I even qualified on pole and finished in 3rd in the European GP!

    What I would say is that this game is hard at first, but once you do a couple of races (finish them at least!) you'll be fine.
  3. Sep 12, 2010
    This is one my all-time favorite racing games. In fact, I had never even watched an F1 race prior to getting this game. I enjoyed it so much, I actually now follow the F1 series in real-life and enjoy it.

    If you are into "simulation" type racing you will not be disappointed with this one. I would recommend that you definitely use a racing wheel however as that is much better than trying to control your car with a regular controller.

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